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TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring LOREN and MARK

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

                       Loren Barrigar                     Mark Mazengarb


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is full steam for Clifton Springs library, 
with a Wednesday, July 5th ETA.
Your harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, 
are so pleased to welcome returning Tracker favorites, as our very special Feature:


~ LOREN and MARK ~



Loren and Mark, http://www.lorenandmark.com/
In live performance, they nearly defy description.
They astonish with spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, outstanding musicality, spontaneous creativity, and wonderful vocals, that seem effortless.
Maybe even more appealing, is the unique personal chemistry between two friends, that literally makes the room crackle with electricity.
Their impromptu, on stage badinage is as much a feature of a Loren and Mark show, as the world-class guitar virtuosity, that they both display.

Heads up Trackers!!
When Loren and Mark come to town, our big room fills to the brim, so please plan to come early, and it would be a good idea, to bring a lawn chair, just in case.

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


We're gonna wring everything we can out of Loren and Mark, but we'll still find time to squinch in the Mystery Pickers.
So, if yer feeling especially eager, just buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and yer in bidness.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring LOREN and MARK
  • Clifton Springs library, 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wednesday, July 5th
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


                   Barbara Jablonski                                                 Kathleen Cappon                           Becky Schneider                             Cathy McGrath                     



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is on schedule, for the Wednesday, June 21st show at Clifton Springs library. 
Your hapless hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins are hamstrung without our co-host, but we'll have to handle it, because Cathy and her cohorts will be our Feature:



~ STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND ~ 




Four dynamic women joined forces to form this high energy band in 2008, http://www.facebook.com/Steppin-Out-String-Band-1333518763331075/


 
Cathy, Barbara, Kathleen, and Becky play Folk and Dance music in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area. The band is listed in the Young Audiences of Rochester catalog and play many school performances. They have appeared at Tunes By The Tracks, Golden Link Folk Singing Society, Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways, and the Wayne County Fair, to name a few.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The second half of the evening will bring these exciting emissaries of song to the big stage. 
If you are itching to play a favorite song...just let Allen or Jim (me) know, and you'll be on yer way...figuratively speaking.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring STEPPIN' OUT STRING BAND
  • CLIFTON SPRINGS library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wednesday, June 21
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)





TUNES BY THE TRACKS, ALL-STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                                       Rogue's Gallery, from 2016 show



TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be rolling in on Wednesday, June 7th.

Yer always affable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very grateful to Clifton Spiring library, for providing the wonderful venue, to Feature:


 

~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT ~



The Clifton Springs library has been our gracious and generous supporter, since our inaugural show, in 2009.  
We're deeply appreciative to the library, for providing the lovely room where we hold our shows, and for their unstinting support, of TUNES BY THE TRACKS.
A passel of our talented musical friends, are donating their time and talents, to be on hand, to thank the library, with this benefit show.


2017 TUNES BY THE TRACKS ALL-STARS Feature: 

  • Joe Dady
  • Perry Cleaveland
  • Jed Curran
  • Dave North
  • Eva & the Dogboys, (aka, John Denniston, Elaine Verstraete, TBone Farley)
  • David Ianni
  • Val Fowler


The ALL-STARS will play short sets, during the first half of the evening.



 

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The icing on the cake of course...easy peasy to give it a go...just tap Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) on the shoulder, and axe...and you can become a Mystery Picker.

 

Please help us show Clifton Springs library, how much we appreciate them.
We're hoping to see a roomful of you Trackers at the benefit show, on June 7th.



+ TUNES BY THE TRACKS ~ ALL STAR LIBRARY BENEFIT

+ Clifton Springs library

+ 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

+ Wednesday, June 7

+ 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

+ Free ($5.00 donation suggest...ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLIFTON SPRINGS LIBRARY)


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                   Anne Hills
      



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is lickety-split, for Clifton Springs, with folk royalty, on board
Library ETA, is Wednesday, May 17th, for a 7:00pm show.

Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are thrilled and delighted to welcome, for her inaugural visit, our Feature:



~ ANNE HILLS ~ 



Anne Hills, http://www.annehills.com/biography/ 
has won so many awards, for her singing and songwriting, and played with so many of the great folk artists, that we literally don't have room here, to show you all of them.
Please click the Link above, to learn more about this beautiful lady, and her equally beautiful music.

Here's what Tom Paxton has said, about Anne...

“A stunning soprano tone has made Anne Hills one of contemporary music’s premiere vocalists … Her knack for writing heartfelt songs [has] brought her to the upper echelon of her craft.” and Tom Paxton says, “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”

...plus...

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Yes, indeedy...a potpourri, of musical styles, notions, and other fancy stuff.
During the second half of the evening, the rafters will ring with the dulcet tones, of those lovable Mystery Pickers.
...wanna give it a try??
Just let Cathy or Jim (me) know, and we'll shoehorn you right into the rota.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wednesday, May 17
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CARLA ULBRICH

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                     Carla Ulbrich



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming for Clifton Springs, and
she'll be at the library, on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Your hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are quivering in anticipation, of welcoming back a Tracker favorite, as our Feature:




~ CARLA ULBRICH ~




Carla, http://www.carlau.com/ , is a captivating performer. 
She has dealt with serious, life-threatening illness, and turned her adversity into insightful and often hilarious songs. Check out her website, to listen.

Carla captured our Tracker hearts, with her debut appearance last season.
She drove in, from New Jersey and enroute traffic made her a tad later than planned.
Undaunted, Carla zipped into the parking lot, unpacked her guitar, and took the stage, without even stopping to catch her breath.
Despite taking no time, to freshen up, or change into her performance outfit...Carla looked lovely, performed magnificently, and her ebullient high spirits were happily contagious.  
She's back, and we love Carla Ulbrich.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~



Yes, indeedy...the second half of the evening, will bring out the bold, and the bodacious. 
Easy to become a Mystery Picker...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer on yer way.



  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CARLA ULBRICH
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, May 3
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring AUSTIN MACRAE

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)


                                                             Austin Macrae


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is making tracks for our home depot, at Clifton Springs library, for arrival on Wednesday, April 19th.

2/3 of your hospitable hosts, (Allen will be at NEFFA)...
Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are very pleased, to welcome an exciting new talent, as our Feature:



~ AUSTIN MACRAE ~



Austin MacRae, http://www.austinmacrae.com/  is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015.


those crazy kids...

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The Mystery Pickers, will dazzle and delight, during the second half of the show.
Newbies are always welcome.
If you feel yer ready, to take the plunge (figuratively speaking)...let Cathy or Jim (me) know...and zippity doo dah...you will be in the spotlight.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring AUSTIN MCRAE
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Apr 19
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
  • FREE
  • $5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEPPER & SASSAFRAS

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)
      
                                           Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers                  Wendy Sassafras Ramsay




TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is inbound for VICTOR-FARMINGTON library, for our next show, on Wednesday, April 5th.
Your harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased to welcome back our friends and Feature:


~ PEPPER & SASSAFRAS ~

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, teams up with multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Sassafras Ramsay in this dynamic Americana duo. https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/" target="_blank">https://jeffreypepperrodgers.com/jeffrey-pepper-rodgers-and-wendy-ramsay-duo/

Rodgers, also the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, delivers masterful band-in-a-box guitar work while Ramsay, harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix.

 

Based in upstate New York, the two musicians collaborated on Rodgers’ latest album, Almost There, and performed with the full JPR Band in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Now known as Pepper and Sassafras, the duo has quickly made a mark on the folk/roots scene. In 2016, they were selected as Best Duo finalist at FreshGrass and the New Voices winner at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.


Yes indeedy...                     ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ 


For the bold, the intrepid, the masochistic...git right up and play us yer favorite song, as a Mystery Picker....just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you'll be in the crosshairs...I mean...the spotlight.


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEPPER & SASSAFRAS
  • VICTOR-FARMINGTON library, 15 W. Main St, Victor, NY 
  • http://www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org/
  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:39pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANDY COHEN

Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)


                                                               Andy Cohen



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, will be at the Clifton Springs library, Wednesday, March 15th.

Your hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased, to present our

first-time Feature:



~ ANDY COHEN ~



ANDY COHEN, http://www.andycohenmusic.com/ is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist, who has

been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.”

He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz

records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music

of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s

Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life

to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World

War II era.

Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong,John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother

Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked

extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy

Henry, and Son Thomas.

Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing

festivals and other venues for them to play in. Many of his students are now professional

touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the

boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to

pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue

to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in

sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making

music .

Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including

Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and

Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic

proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he

“never leaves home without it.” Described by

some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a

keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden

mallets .

At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear

blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis,

and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel,

and original tunes.


...and, of course...


~ The Mystery Pickers ~ will keep our ferocious momentum rolling, during the second half of the evening. We encourage you to try...so polish up yer favorite song, and let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know...and faster than a speeding bullet...you'll be, a Mystery Picker.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANDY COHEN
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Mar 15
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring TULLAMORE CELTIC BAND

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

    Brian Coughlin       Dick Bolt         Terry O'Toole


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, will be in Clifton Springs, for our next show, on Wed, March 1st.
Your whirlygig hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased and excited to be going green, with our Feature:


~ TULLAMORE CELTIC BAND ~

Tullamore Celtic Band, http://tullamorecelticband.com/ is an acoustic Irish trio based in Rochester, New York and named after the town of Tullamore which is located near the heart and geographical center of Ireland and famous for its beautiful countryside, rich cultural heritage and superb single malt whiskey, Tullamore Dew.

 

Featuring Terry O'Toole (guitar, penny whistle, concertina, bodhran, banjo & vocals), Brian Coughlin (flute, penny whistle, tuba & vocals) and Dick Bolt (fiddle, Irish harp, guitar & vocals), they specialize in traditional Celtic instrumental and vocal music. Their arrangements are creative and their shows are entertaining and fun.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Continuing to dazzle the billy bejabbers out of us, with fresh faces, new songs, and their unique interpretation of old songs...those pesky pickers will strut their stuff, during the second half of the evening.
We effusively welcome new Mystery Pickers...if you want to join the fun...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and ye'll be on board

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring TULLAMORE CELTIC BAND
  • Clifton Springs library, http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Mar 1
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 suggested donation, for Feature and refreshments


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring DADY BROTHERS

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

    

                                                                                          John Dady                              Joe Dady                                                                         

TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for Wed, Feb 22nd, with a couple of our favorites, on board.

Harmonious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are giddily exuberent to welcome back our great friends and Feature:



~ THE DADY BROTHERS ~



The Dady's music, http://www.dadybros.com/ spans genres and generations of American Folk Roots and Irish Traditional influences. John and Joe are highly skilled players and singers, with a lovely, lilting sound, that's uniquely Dadyesque.


The lads are instrumental wizards, switching effortlessly and seamlessly from guitar, to 4 and 5 and 9 string banjo, pennywhistle, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, harmonica, concertina and the uilleann pipes.


Joe and John are the poster boys, for "itinerant minstrels".
Playing diverse venues from the reaches of Alaska to Ireland from the Caribbean to Nova Scotia, and Brigadoon, The Dadys have performed well over five thousand shows at concert halls, schools, music festivals and night clubs.


The Dadys have hosted 25 guided tours of Ireland, escorting hundreds of folks on the tours of their lives...** Ask about 2017, Trackers **

The Dady Brothers have garnered numerous awards and proclamations celebrating their contributions to community growth and culture, and of course, they're in the running for a TUNES BY THE TRACKS accolade soon.


...well, that's wonderful, but what about,  ~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

This could well be the auspicious night, when you muster up yer courage, and leap into the breach, to perform your favorite song.
We welcome all our musical chums, and we often insist on giving them our musical back-up, at no extry charge.  
Wanna play?  just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and yer in...


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring THE DADY BROTHERS
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY, 14432
  •  http://cliftonspringslibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Wed, Feb 22nd
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($10.00 donation suggested, for Feature and refreshments)

 



 


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